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BSS :Fearing that the border may be closed “forever” after President Vladimir Putin’s mobilisation order for the war in Ukraine, Russians are rushing to flee across Finland’s Vaalimaa crossing.On this...
BSS :The United States announced on Wednesday a new package of arms and supplies for Ukraine worth $1.1 billion for reinforcing Kyiv’s forces over the medium and long term. The package of orders for US military suppliers includes Himars missile systems and ammunition, systems to counter drones, radars and armored vehicles, according to a Defense Department statement.The package “represents a multi-year investment in critical capabilities to build the enduring strength of Ukraine’s Armed Forces” as they continue to battle the...
BSS :Funding for innovation swelled during the Covid-19 pandemic, with significant growth in developing countries, the UN said on Thursday, warning though that the current geopolitical turmoil was threatening the...
BSS :Iran’s police command warned on Wednesday that the force would come down hard on protests that erupted nearly two weeks ago over the death of a young woman in custody.Dozens of people have been killed since nightly demonstrations erupted after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died after being arrested in Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic’s strict rules on hijab headscarves and modest clothing.”Today, the enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and some rioters seek to...
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BSS :Iran’s police command warned on Wednesday that the force would come down hard on protests that erupted nearly two weeks ago over the death of a young woman in custody.Dozens of people have been killed since nightly demonstrations erupted after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died after being arrested in Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic’s strict rules on hijab headscarves and modest clothing.”Today, the enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and some rioters seek to...
BSS/AFP :Buckingham Palace on Monday revealed King Charles III’s new royal cypher — the monogram of his initials that will feature on government buildings, state documents and new post boxes.His late mother Queen Elizabeth II’s cypher was EIIR, standing for Elizabeth II Regina (queen in Latin).Charles’s will be CIIIR for Charles III Rex (king in Latin), with the C intertwined with the R, the III within the R, and the crown above both letters. A Scottish version of the cypher...
BSS :This year’s general debate of the UN General Assembly concluded on Monday, after representatives of 190 member states spoke around the theme of “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.” Csaba Korosi, President of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, said in his closing remarks that 126 heads of state and government took part in this year’s general debate. “The sheer number of you who took part in this debate points to the importance that the general...
Al Jazeera :At least 29 people have been killed due to a cholera outbreak in several regions of Syria, in what the United Nations has called the worst outbreak in the war-torn country for years.Rapid assessment testing confirmed 338 cases since the outbreak was first recorded last month, with the bulk of deaths and cases in the northern Aleppo province, the Syrian health ministry said in a statement on Monday.230 cases were reported in Aleppo province, with 25 people confirmed...
Debate on corporal punishment Here in the USA we are aware that Sir Frank Peters has long campaigned forcefully for school teachers to respect the Bangladesh High Court ban on corporal punishment and for parents to demand that their children be spared from it.In his provocative reports he calls for an end to this violence against children and says “Any school that allows corporal punishment is a breeding ground for terrorists”. I enthusiastically agree with Sir Frank and it should...
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BSS :Seventeen bodies were recovered on Saturday after a boat carrying migrants from Lebanon sank off Syria’s coast, raising the overall toll to 94, Syrian state television said, in one of the eastern Mediterranean’s deadliest such episodes.The toll has repeatedly ratcheted higher since the first bodies were found on Thursday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, described the shipwreck as a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and the search for those still missing continued beyond nightfall.At least 14 survivors...